the Iraq what?

From Dexter Filkins’s review of Thomas E Ricks’s The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008.

That an undertaking as momentous and as costly as America’s war in Iraq could vanish so quickly from the forefront of the national consciousness does not speak well of the United States in the early twenty-first century

I’d add that the war as a whole didn’t say much about America’s national consciousness but that’s another story.

political browsing

I think that this sounds more interesting than it is… but still, it’s interesting!

Daring Fireball

“Also interesting: a poll commissioned by his campaign just before the election last year showed an incredibly strong correlation based on browser usage. IE 6, AOL, and non-Internet users were more likely to prefer Tevis’s opponent, Republican Arlen Siegfreid. Firefox, Safari, and Chrome users were more likely to prefer Tevis.”

News flash: In most companies, it’s harder for women | IT Leadership |

Hear, hear (or is it, “Here, here” — smile)

News flash: In most companies, it’s harder for women | IT Leadership |

“Across the industrial spectrum, in organizations both small and large, we need more women leaders. The evidence is clear that women CEOs usually deliver better numbers than their male counterparts regardless of sector. And, as importantly, senior teams with greater diversity usually develop more creative approaches to challenges faced by the company. We need more creativity in these times.”

Who will hold them accountable?

That my government did this sickens me.

Red Cross: Torture Committed At CIA Sites – CBS News

“The United States engaged in acts of torture and ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ upon prisoners held at secret detention sites operated by or in conjunction with the CIA, according to details from a secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “

I’m sorry and ashamed that this happened at all and that people like Dick Cheney are still defending the practices. I knew America, America was a friend of mine, and Dick’s American is not my America.

It’s about time!

I hope that we manage to follow through:

climate change envoy vows ‘dramatic diplomacy’

“‘The time for denial, delay and dispute is over. The time for the United States to take up its rightful place at the negotiating table is here,’ Stern said.

‘We can only meet the climate challenge with a response that is genuinely global,’ he said. ‘We will need to engage in vigorous, dramatic diplomacy.'”

This makes me happy!

Eschaton – don’t be bipartisan


“With bipartisanship you’ll not only get a compromise that sucks, when it’s time to throw the bums out no one will be quite sure which party should be blamed. Then what new candidates do is just run against some generic ‘Washington.’

Democrats have the presidency and big majorities. Instead of hiding behind the spread-the-blame-around tactic, they should announce their vision and run with it.”

Personally, I think he should stick to holes in teeth…

And leaves holes in theories to people who understand science…

In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate –

“The chairman of the board, Dr. Don McLeroy, a dentist, pushed in 2003 for a more skeptical version of evolution to be presented in the state’s textbooks, but could not get a majority to vote with him. Dr. McLeroy has said he does not believe in Darwin’s theory and thinks that Earth’s appearance is a recent geologic event, thousands of years old, not 4.5 billion as scientists contend.”

I also have to wonder how said that Mr. Meyer is an expert:

Stephen C. Meyer, an expert on the history of science and a director at the Discovery Institute, denied that the group advocated a Biblical version of creation. Rather, Mr. Meyer said, it is fighting for academic freedom and against what it sees as a fanatical loyalty to Darwin among biologists, akin to a secular religion.